"He's getting there, and the end of his rehab stint is coming," general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. "I think he can see the light at the end of the tunnel."
Fujikawa has been sidelined for more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2013.
Jimenez surrendered five hits and three walks while striking out three and throwing a wild pitch, but the only run he surrendered was unearned. He figures to move up to Triple-A for his next rehab start. Jimenez has been sidelined since July 5 with an ankle injury.
Saunders made four starts with Triple-A Omaha after signing with the Royals, posting a 6.75 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings. He has also spent time with the Rangers this season, going 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA in eight starts at the major-league level.
On the disabled list with concussion symptoms, Marte could be in for a rehab assignment before returning to the team. He has hit .255/.328/.385 with five home runs, 34 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 314 at-bats.
Suarez singled in his only trip to the plate Tuesday and also committed a throwing error. He is day-to-day moving forward. Suarez has hit .260/.347/.394 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 127 at-bats.
Garcia doesn't have a date set for a rehab assignment and it's still possible the team holds him out from returning to the White Sox for the remainder of the year despite the strides he has made. "I don't think we're going to be pressing that he has to make it here, but if he's totally healthy and he's ready to go I know I would be happy to see him," manager Robin Ventura said. "He can make it here whenever he makes it here. If he can get some time in the minor leagues at some point, just to be able to get there and play, then you figure that out afterward. You expect him to get some time in the minor leagues."
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Stewart is expected to resume playing catch soon, beginning to build arm strength in anticipation of starting again this season. He owns a 2.42 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 58:23 K:BB ratio with Class A Cedar Rapids.
"Although there's a lot of rumor and talk with his name attached to it, right now he's scheduled to start tomorrow night," manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "We have a contingency plan, sure. If Jon is traded by this time tomorrow [4 p.m.], Brandon Workman will start."
Lester has been a hot name in trade rumors this month, with the Red Sox out of the playoff race and the pitcher due to become a free agent this offseason.
If the Rays do indeed have the courage to deal away their ace, they should receive a massive haul. According to USA Today, the team could receive a package from the Cardinals that includes outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, pitcher Shelby Miller and a first-round pick, though the proposed deal is merely speculation at this stage. It seems more likely that the Rays hang on to their ace at this time and look to deal him during the offseason.